API’s DC SMARTStart® PDU & the US Navy’s “Swarm” Boats

by Jaymie Murray 18. November 2014 13:48

The US Navy recently announced that they have developed and successfully tested unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) also known as “swarm” boats. These autonomous vessels were designed to intercept enemy ships as well as to escort and protect naval assets, all while keeping sailors safe and costs down. Rather than putting the crews of several ships in harm’s way, a fleet of swarm boats can instead be used to engage with a threatening vessel and assess the situation. If weapons need to be used, a human sailor must then give the command, ensuring that the USVs do not accidentally or unintentionally fire. 

Controlled by a new technology called CARACaS (Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing), portable kits can be installed onto most current naval boats, allowing them to either operate autonomously or be controlled by a remote operator. These systems will be outfitted with API Technologies’ DC SMARTStart® Power Distribution Unit (PDU), a DC solid state power controller for switched power with built-in circuit protection. The PDU allows the operator to remotely power up the vessel’s loads or shut them down when they are not in use to conserve battery life. The DC SmartStart also functions as a system reboot that can be used in case of a power disruption or system freeze.

The DC SmartStart’s technical specifications make it ideal for use in unmanned vessels, vehicles, and aircraft: 

  • Input Voltage: -48 or +24 VDC with 12 channels
  • User configurable Solid State electronic circuit breaker technology
  • Flash upgradeable in the field
  • On-board SNMP agent
  • Six month event log

Learn more about the DC SMARTStart® PDU, read our datasheet, or request a quote.

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Power & Systems Solutions

INFOGRAPHIC: API Product Applications in Military Aircraft

by Amy Brown 14. May 2014 15:05

For over 60 years, API's high-reliability products and solutions have supported military and defense programs throughout the world. Our extensive roster of Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions (EIS) products, which includes power filters and circular connectors, are routinely used in military aircraft in a variety of applications. As shown in this infographic, from Radar Systems to Jet Engine Igniters, API's EIS products can be found in all of the most critical aircraft systems, where high-reliability is paramount.  


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